Soak Your Skin With Moisture Cold medicine and constant nose blowing can dry out your skin, making it look dull and even aged. Combat flakey skin patches and rawness by keeping up your usual moisturizing routine. However, here's the catch: Pass on your regular product if it contains fruit acids, retinol, or alpha hydroxyl acids, since these can further bother irritated skin, says Laurie Baldwin, a Philadelphia-based makeup artist whose clients include local newscasters who have to look great for TV -- sick day or not. Instead, opt for a gentle pick, like Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, $11.
For extra-dry areas, give an added boost of hydration by applying just a dab of natural beauty oil. Try Jason Natural Products Vitamin E Oil, $5, or make one of your own with Baldwin's recipe: Add eight drops of vitamin E and one to two drops of chamomile to four tablespoons of almond oil.
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